Thursday 18th May 2017

Sherston (Wilts)     A BLACK KITE at 3pm drifting S between Sherston village and Westonbirt (Glos). (Rob Crofton per Steve Owen).

Frampton     A Little Ringed Plover by the Sailing Lake early morning, also a drake Pochard and four Common Terns. The pair of Oystercatchers have two chicks on the island on Court Lake. (Nick Goatman).

Saul Warth     An immature LITTLE GULL this morning. Also a Wheatear and a Whimbrel. (Roy Widgery).

Forest of Dean     At Crabtree Hill six Tree Pipits, a pair of Stonechats with three fresh juveniles and a pair of Lesser Redpolls, also a male Firecrest gathering green caterpillars near Speech House. (MK). A Wood Warbler and a Garden Warbler at Nagshead. (Les Ditchburn). At Wenchford Picnic Site two pairs of Grey Wagtails, a Dipper on the brook and a pair of Stock Doves below the feeders. (Bob Broughton). A Tree Pipit singing and displaying at Ruardean Hill SO641165 mid afternoon. Also Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Laurie Pierce).

Berkeley shore     A late Whinchat this afternoon. (Paul Taylor).

WWT Slimbridge     At least six Mediterranean Gulls on site today including five first-summers and an adult on the Rushy this morning. Also an immature LITTLE GULL there. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Twyning     Two Cuckoos flying around together today. (Sarah Loaring).

Symonds Yat     From the viewpoint today the Peregrine pair with young, a pair of Kestrels, a female Sparrowhawk, five Buzzards, Ravens, a pair of Pied Wagtails, a Kingfisher, a pair of Goosanders, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a pair of Jays, House Martins, Sand Martins, Swallows and Swifts, a pair of Mistle Thrushes and Chiffchaffs. Other sightings included a Fallow Deer, a Bank Vole, a Rose Chafer, Green Longhorn moths, Holly Blue and Red Admiral butterflies. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Gloucester     At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake birds included a pair of Mute Swans nesting, 19 Mallards, four Little Egrets and two singing male Reed Buntings. (Gordon Avery).

Witcombe Reservoirs     A pair of Shelducks, rare here and a singing male Cetti’s Warbler. (Gordon Avery).

Tewkesbury     At Severn Ham three Curlews, a Grasshopper Warbler reeling, six Sedge Warblers, four male Reed Buntings and a Corn Bunting singing today. At Breakingstone Meadow three Sedge Warblers and two male Reed Buntings. At Shuthonger Common three Tufted Ducks on a farm pond, three Sedge Warblers and two male Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart).

Cleeve Hill     A Cuckoo and three Linnets today at the Bill Smyllie butterfly reserve. Butterflies included Brimstone, Small Copper, Small Heath, Small Blue, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Duke of Burgundy and a Dingy Skipper. Moths included Burnet Companion, Ruby Tiger, Common Heath, a Forester species (Cistus?), and several 5-Spot Burnets. (Tony Wilson).

About The Gloster Birder

My name is Mike King and have lived all my life in Gloucestershire. I am happiest birding around Frampton but I especially love Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. I have birded all over Europe, in the U.S.A. and Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Costa Rica, Belize, Mexico, Dominican Republic, The Gambia, Cape Verde, South Africa and most recently Zimbabwe and Botswana.
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